Two credits. Aids has become part of the fabric of our lives, touching us personally and rapidly transforming the social and political scene. The epidemic "is posing new questions about learning and human suffering...AIDS moves along the fault lines of our society, and becomes a metaphor for understanding that society." (Bateson and Goldsby, Thinking about AIDS). Guest speakers and Bard Professors will address these and other issues: the biology and psychology of sexually transmitted diseases, social policy and the changing nature of the crisis during the last 10 years, and artistic responses to the epidemic. Mid-term exam and short papers required. Register with Professor Diana Brown.
Professor: P. Connolly
Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 307
"You talk of artists setting examples. Do artists--in, say, using language in new ways--change the grammar of the way we are together?" Joan Retallack asks John Cage in Musicage: Cages Muses on Word Art and Music (1996). In this course, we will read Jacob's Room (1922), Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), The Waves (1931), Between the Acts (1941) as well as A Room of Ones' Own (1929), Three Guineas (1938), and selections from Woolf's essays, letters, and diaries. We will read with particular appreciation for the "poethical" power of her language: the ethical dimension of form that invites changes in the grammar of the way her readers, as well as her characters, are together (and alone). We will read her books as performances that engage and structure participatory attention from readers and, in so doing, provoke new experience of order, accident, and the grammar of form that connects them. Secondary readings will include Joan Ratallack's writings on "poethics," as well as more conventional literary inquiry into the relation of ethics and literature in Martha Nussbaum's Poetic Justice (1995) and Love's Knowledge (1990).